WSU Swimming is Looking Good after Day Two of Invites

Dec. 4, 2004

In the preliminaries of the Princeton Invitational Saturday the Washington State University women's swimming team swam some of their best races of the year.

Freshman McKenzie Reiter (Billings, Mont.) established a career best in the 400 individual medley on her way to finishing sixth with a time of 4:29.10. Her time placed her third on the Cougars' All-Time Top 10 List in the event.

Sophomore Kayli Changstrom (Loveland, Colo.) finished seventh in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:30.36.

Also in the 400 individual medley sophomore Laurie Gregg (Los Altos, Calif.) swam a 4:33.41 and freshman Maegan Wood (Bend, Ore.) swam a 4:34.26 to give the Cougars four of the top 11 finishes.

In the 100 butterfly freshman Bryn Mooney (Pullman, Wash.) finished in third place with a time of 56.88, tying her career best which is sixth on the Cougars' All-Time Top 10 List.

Sophomore Lindsay Backhouse (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) also had a strong showing the 100 butterfly finishing in eighth place with a time of 57.68.

Sophomore Erin McCleave (Rutherglen, Australia) won the preliminaries of the 200 freestyle by posting a time of 1:51.90 in the event. McCleave was .59 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.

In the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke four WSU swimmers finished in the top 10. Junior Jane Copland (Wellington, New Zealand) led the way with a third place finish in the time of 1:05.97. Sophomore Monika Povilonyte (Klaipeda, Lithuania) finished in fifth with a time of 1:06.55. Reiter finished right behind Povilonyte in sixth place with a time of 1:06.95. Changstrom rounded out the top ten finishing in tenth with a time of 1:07.17.

The Cougar relay team of Gregg, senior Sheena Mills (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), sophomore Emily Chandler (Anchorage, Alaska), and freshman Kelly O'Neill (Vancouver, Wash.) finished fourth in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:55.83.

The WSU swimming team next will travel to Irvine, Calif., Jan.8, to compete in the Irvine Invitational.